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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. B. Tegetmeier   9 April [1859]1

Down Bromley Kent

Ap. 9th

My dear Sir

I have received the pretty Fowls all safe, & enclose P.O. for the amount.—2 I shall now want no more. I have already got Chickens from the Game & Malay. The Spanish Cock is in high health & looks splendid.— Most sincerely do I thank you for all the great trouble you have taken. You have not only saved me much trouble & considerable expence, but you have assisted me in a better manner than I could have done myself—3

I shall go next month to press with an abstract of my general views on the origin of species, & it will make a volume of about 500 pages, & I shall have much pleasure in sending you a copy when it is published.—4 I shall give abstract of conclusions at which I have arrived on Bees cells.—5

Believe me with many thanks | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Dated by CD’s reference to going ‘to press’ next month. CD recorded that he began reading proof-sheets of Origin in May 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
In CD’s Account book (Down House MS), there is an entry dated 6 April 1859 for a payment of 9s to Tegetmeier for poultry.
For CD’s intention to cross various breeds of fowl to see whether the ancestral colouring would appear, see letters to W. B. Tegetmeier, 16 November [1858], 27 [November 1858], and 24 December [1858].
This letter was tipped into Tegetmeier’s presentation copy of the first edition of Origin.
See Origin, pp. 224–35.


Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Thanks WBT for his help with poultry

and informs him about his forthcoming work [Origin].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Sent from
Source of text
Natural History Museum (tipped into Tegetmeier, W. B.’s presentation copy of Origin)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2450A,” accessed on 15 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7